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What programming languages are available for quantum computers?

From this question, I gathered that the main quantum computing programming languages are Q# and QISKit. What other programming languages are available for programming quantum computers? Are there ...
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Programming quantum computers for non-physics majors

I come from a non-physics background and I am very much interested in pursuing Quantum Computing - especially how to program them. Any guidance on how to get started will be very helpful.
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How do you write a simple program for a D-Wave device?

I would like to know how a job for a D-Wave device is written in code and submitted to the device. In the answer it would be best to see a specific example of this for a simple problem. I guess that ...
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How can I implement an n-bit Toffoli gate?

I want to create a Toffoli gate controlled by n qubits, and implement it in QISKit. Can this be done? If so, how?
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Are quantum computers just a variant on Analog computers of the 50's & 60's that many have never seen nor used?

In the recent Question "Is Quantum Computing just Pie in the Sky" there are many responses regarding the improvements in quantum capabilities, however all are focussed on the current 'digital' ...
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What would a very simple quantum program look like?

After reading the "first programmable quantum photonic chip". I was wondering just what software for a computer that uses quantum entanglement would be like. Is there any example of code for specific ...
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Does a complete list of open quantum software projects exist?

An answer to Is there any source which tabulates quantum computing algorithms for simulating physical systems? mentions the Quantum Algorithm Zoo, a list of quantum algorithms. Several answers to ...
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Does a study guide exist that starts from a “purely CS background” and advances towards “making a new quantum programming language”?

I am from a computer science background and I find it difficult to decide on the resources I should focus on while learning quantum computing, since there is so much to read/watch. My ultimate goal is ...
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Which programming language is suitable for a beginner?

I understand there are a lot of programming languages (e.g. Q#, Qiskit, etc.) Which one is suitable for someone that just started learning programming and doesn't know anything about quantum ...
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Automatic compilation of quantum circuits

A recent question here asked how to compile the 4-qubit gate CCCZ (controlled-controlled-controlled-Z) into simple 1-qubit and 2-qubit gates, and the only answer given so far requires 63 gates! The ...
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Are there any quantum software startups?

I am aware of the quantum hardware startup Rigetti and I wonder if there are any quantum startups that build software on top of current quantum computer hardware for commercial applications? Related ...
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Hamiltonian simulation with complex coefficients

As part of a variational algorithm, I would like to construct a quantum circuit (ideally with pyQuil) that simulates a Hamiltonian of the form: $H = 0.3 \cdot Z_3Z_4 + 0.12\cdot Z_1Z_3 + [...] + - ...
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Does quantum computing already possess the level of abstraction to be explicable even without knowledge of physics?

Currently, quantum computer science (in contrast to classical computer science) can mostly only be understood if one has a good inside knowledge of physics, or more precisely quantum physics. Only ...
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Submitting jobs to IBM devices without Python

Qiskit can be used to submit jobs to IBM devices using Python (or Swift and JavaScript). But what if I want to use a different language? For example, suppose I have a specific circuit I want to run. ...
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A sample quantum algorithm, useful for demonstrating languages

I'm looking for a quantum algorithm which I can use to demonstrate the syntax of different quantum-languages. My question is similar to this, however, for me, "good" means: What it does could be ...
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Composing multiple quantum circuits in single quantum program in QISKit

I was wondering if there is a way to compose a program with multiple quantum circuits without having the register reinitialized at $0$ for each circuit. Specifically, I would like run a second ...
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Resources for quantum algorithm basics

I have just started to learn about quantum computing, and I know a little bit about qubits. What is a resource where I can learn a basic quantum algorithm and the concepts behind how it works?
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How to program a controlled Hadamard-Hadamard gate?

I'm trying to program a controlled gate as the figure below in Qiskit. Should it be sufficient to separate and control individually the Hadamard gates?
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Qubits specification on IBMQ devices

As it is shown here, CNOT gates between different qubits have different error rates. I have the following questions: 1) While defining a circuit on QISkit, does ...
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Phase-Shift Gate in Qiskit

How to implement the phase shift gate in qiskit or ibmq? Phase Shift Gate : $$\begin{pmatrix}e^{ia} && 0 \\ 0 && e^{ia}\end{pmatrix} = e^{ia}I$$
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Can we perform quantum mechanical simulations using a quantum computer?

I'm a computer science major who's really keen on physics and quantum mechanics. I have started learning about Q# and D-Wave, but I just wanted to know if it's possible to test quantum mechanical ...
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Possibility of a “reset” quantum gate

I wish to have a "reset" gate. This gate would have an effect to bring a qubit to the $\mid0\rangle$ state. Clearly, such a gate is not unitary (and so I'm unable to find any reliable implementation ...
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There was an error in the circuit!. Error = 'QISkit Time Out'

I've got the following quantum code using QISKit (based on hello_quantum.py): ...
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How does the Curry-Howard correspondence apply to quantum programs?

In words of Wikipedia, The Curry–Howard correspondence is the observation that two families of seemingly unrelated formalisms—namely, the proof systems on one hand, and the models of computation ...
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Visualization of Quantum Circuits when using IBM QISKit

I have followed the installation steps, regarding QISKit working environment. For circuit visualization, I've installed latex as in addition to poppler to convert from PDF to images. Afterwards, I ...
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Does the Curry-Howard correspondence have a quantum-specific type system?

In Wikipedia we can read that the Curry–Howard correspondence is a correspondence between formal proof calculi and type systems for models of computation. In particular, it splits into two ...
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Which quantum computing programming language should I learn?

Which quantum computing programming language should I learn? What are the benefits of said language? As of Wikipedia, there's quite a bit to choose from. I'm looking to develop end-user applications (...
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How does one obtain amplitude information in Q#?

Is it possible to obtain amplitude information (in lexicographic ordering) for a particular qubit register in Q#? For example, in the following code: ...
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How to construct the “Inversion About the Mean” operator?

It seems like it should be simple, based on how Nielsen and Chuang talk about it, but I cannot seem to correctly implement the Inversion About the Mean operator ($2|\psi\rangle \langle\psi| - \mathcal{...
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How do you send an array of qubits to an operation in Q#?

I have the following operation in my .qs files: operation myOp(qubits: Qubit[]) : () { // uses elements from the qubit array } How do I send an ...
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From Q# measurements to Bloch sphere

I would like to represent the state of a qubit on a Bloch sphere from the measurements made with Q#. According the documentation, it is possible to measure a qubit in the different Pauli bases (...
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How to calculate the fidelity of a certain gate of a IBMQ device in Qiskit using randomized benchmarking/tomography?

For example, I want to calculate the fidelity of a 1-qubit and 2-qubit gates (similar to the result shown in figure 2 in this paper). Is there any way to do that in Qiskit? I've gone through the ...
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Changing indices of qubits in QISKit

I was wondering if something like this is possible in QISKit: let's say we have two registers containing target and ancilla qubits: $a_0$ ------------------- $a_1$-------------------- $\vdots$ $...
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How does measurement calibration work?

One of the possible ways to improve the results of an experiment on the IBM machine using the Qiskit language is to use the measurement calibration methods. This is the link to the documentation. I ...
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One-qubit gates results in QISKit

I found it odd that the result of the action of identity gate (namely a $2\times2$ identity matrix) on a pure state $|0\rangle$ (namely the vector corresponding to the $2\times1$ matrix $\begin{...
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Is it better to use fewer gates or fewer working qubits? [closed]

I have a script that takes a while to simulate. I can modify it in such a way where I can use fewer qubits at a time, but it will require more iterations of manipulation. I believe this will cut down ...
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How do I build a gate from a matrix on Qiskit?

I'm creating a gate for a project and need to test if it has the same results as the original circuit in a simulator, how do I build this gate on Qiskit? It's a 3 qubit gate, 8x8 matrix: $$ \frac{1}{...
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How many logical qubits are needed to run Shor's algorithm efficiently on large integers ($n > 2^{1024}$)?

First, I know there are differences in logical qubits and physical qubits. It takes more physical qubits for each logical qubit due to quantum error. Wikipedia states that it takes quantum gates of ...
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Is there something like GitHub for quantum programming?

I'm just learning about quantum computer but some of it has been available for people to research & practice so I'd like to study it myself. The only kind of quantum computing I found so far is ...
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Measuring qubits in QuTiP

How can you measure qubits in QuTiP? As far as I have seen you can define a Hamiltonian and let it evolve in time. It is also possible to define a quantum circuit, however, measuring and running it ...
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Quantum counting in Q#

I cannot seem to get an estimate for the number of solutions using the quantum counting algorithm described in Nielsen and Chuang, i.e. phase estimation with the Grover iteration acting as $U$. I try ...
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What is the purpose of the TDG gate in QISKit?

The QISKIT documentation doesn't explain what a TDG gate does and I can't find it anywhere else online.
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Defining qubit operator from scratch

I'm a beginner with Qiskit and the Python language at all. Here is my question: One of the VQE function arguments is qubit operator (qubitOp). I saw some examples ...
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What resources are available for learning QCL?

I'm struggling to find much about the language QCL, rather than about quantum computing itself. Is there anything out there like that? It doesn't have to be free.
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Construct Controlled-$G^{\dagger}$ from known Controlled-$G$

Let there be a known a scheme (quantum circuit) of Controlled-G, where unitary gate G has G$^†$ such that G≠G$^†$ and GG$^†$=I (for example S and S$^†$, T and T$^†$, V and V$^†$, but not Pauli and H ...
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How would one implement a quantum equivalent of a while loop in IBM QISkit?

I'm writing a simple multiplication algorithm that uses the Quantum Fourier Transform to repetitively add a number (the multiplicand) to itself and decrements another number (the multiplier). The ...
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Why does job.running in QISKit output False, even if the job is still running?

I submitted a job in the 0.5.0 version of QISKit using job = execute(qc, 'ibmqx5', shots=shots) This just submits the job, and does not wait for a result. I ...
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Gradient boosting akin to XGBoost using a quantum device

I am currently trying to implement a boosting algorithm akin to XGBoost with a quantum device. The reason is that I want to make use of a quantum device to train weak classifiers. However, as far as I ...
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How do we code the matrix for a controlled operation knowing the control qubit, the target qubit and the $2\times 2$ unitary?

Having n qubits, I want to have the unitary described a controlled operation. Say for example you get as input a unitary, an index for a controlled qubit and another for a target. How would you code ...
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Why is Grover's algorithm not converging monotonically? (Python implementation)

I have tried to implement Grover's algorithm for three qubits in python/numpy and the first two iterations work like a charm but the third one starts to diverge. Is this expected, or is there a bug in ...

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